19:28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
After coming face to face with the reality of what he had done David cried out to God "Wash me with hyssop and I will be clean". David had stolen the wife of a loyal soldier and then had him killed to cover up what he had done. Hyssop is a bush like plant that grows in northern Africa, parts of Asia and parts of the middle east. Why did David want to be cleansed with hyssop? What did he think that would do?
David wasn't really referring to hyssop at all. He was referring to the Passover. When the last plague was about to fall on Egypt centuries before God had given instructions to take the blood of a lamb and use a branch of hyssop to smear the blood on the door frames of their homes. Any home marked with blood would be spared from the plague.
David had sinned and the wages of sin is death. He wanted to be spared. He wanted death to 'Passover' him.
Now here is Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world dying. His blood is being shed. It is available to the whole world. There was but one symbolic act left. Jesus said "I thirst". We with our literal thinking assume He wants a drink. So did those standing by who heard Him. In response they take a sponge attached to a branch of hyssop and soak it in wine so He can have a drink. The Scriptures do not say He drank the wine, in fact Matthew says He refused it. John says as soon as He had received the sponge He declared "It Is Finished" and He died. Clearly this was not about physical thirst. What was it then? What was Jesus doing? Why does John say that this was done so the Scriptures might be fulfilled?
What do you think happened to the sponge on the hyssop branch when it touched Jesus bloodied face? What do you think Jesus was thirsting for?
Jesus was thirsting to wash us in the blood of the Lamb. Jesus was thirsty to have death 'passover' us. Now that the branch of hyssop was dipped in the blood of the Lamb His mission was complete and He died. We'll talk more about that tomorrow...
"It is finished..."